My Bridal Shower: the event that opened the gate to event planning

I always had a vision for my bridal shower. Now that I think of it, I’ve always had a vision for just about everything in my life… where I would attend college, my career, my wedding, my future home. I am a planner in every aspect of the word. So when my mother made it known that she was more than okay with me being involved in my bridal shower, I hit the ground running to bring my vision to life.

While I love the idea of carrying out different themes to fit a client’s personal style, I only had one idea in mind for my shower. I’m not sure it can even be called a “theme,” since my dream was to make it one thing and one thing only: BRIDAL. I wanted white. I wanted lace. I wanted flowers. I wanted white to show through every detail, to the point that my mom had to remind me I am not a celebrity who can demand a dress code… I am just a normal girl. While she was right about my celebrity status, my sense of fashion has never been ordinary. My bridal party and a few close family members lovingly agreed to wear white, and have actually not let me live it down since!

The first step was to find a venue that would be light, bright, airy… and have amazing food! My parents and I checked out the ballroom at the Richmond County Country Club, and we were hooked. In my opinion, the RCCC is Staten Island’s hidden gem. With floor-to-ceiling windows allowing the sun to shine in, neutral colored décor, and a classy sit-down lunch, there was no question that this was the perfect fit. I even fell in love with the colonial-style building and outdoor grounds, and made sure to utilize those for photo ops on the day of! We quickly booked a Sunday afternoon in late June, and the real planning began!

I knew I wanted to include full-sized lace parasols in the centerpieces, so I played around with a few options to get the construction just right. With some baby’s breath and a shabby-chic clothespin holding the table number, my white lacy dream came to fruition. I can’t forget that I had lush, plush ivory felt flower garland surrounding the centerpieces, which are available to rent on the RENTALS page on! Once that was done, I worked with an Etsy shop owner to design stationery that would infuse a cohesive bridal feel throughout the event. This included invitations, table numbers, an escort board, menus, favor tags, and thank you cards. Also included as part of the tablescape were votive-sized candles as favors, personalized champagne glasses for the bridesmaids and moms, and special gifts for our flower girls as well as some special ladies we asked to do our church readings.

Beyond the guest tables, I took major pride in displaying items that would exude the grace and elegance of the event, while telling our love story at the same time. My aunt, Cathy Muraca, is the owner of French Secrets Lingerie in Staten Island, and affectionately pieced together a beautiful lingerie wardrobe that became the focal point of the bridal shower. Next to the dresser was a display table showcasing all of my accessories – from my bridal tote, to my wedding shoes, to our toasting flutes, to my “Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue.” Across the room on a different table, I had a “Meet the Maids” display showing photos of my bridesmaids and flower girls, vow booklets where guests can read our vows in advance, and photos of my husband and I from our junior prom up until present day. Of course, none of this would have been so beautifully captured without the unwavering talent of Mike Gloria Photo, a long time friend of ours and one of the best in the business!

Last but absolutely not least, was finding a something to wear! Although, I’d be lying if I made you believe this was my last step. I actually bought my dress approximately nine months prior to the shower and never second-guessed whether it was “the one.” Having purchased my wedding gown more than two years before my wedding date, I knew that it was whimsical, romantic, and most importantly – BIG! That’s why for my shower, I wanted a fitted, long-sleeve, vintage-inspired lacy number to completely oppose how I would look on my wedding day. One of my favorite services that Fashionably Planned provides is outfit selection and guidance for your big day! A fun little secret: I wore the same earrings to my bridal shower as I did to our prom, exactly 11 years + 3 days later!

2017 was a year of celebrating love, life, and everything in between. You can read more about the birth of Fashionably Planned in the ABOUT THE FOUNDER section of the site, but with being a newlywed and a bridesmaid 8 times in my life, I had to believe my family + friends were guiding me in the right direction when suggesting I give this business a shot. I am so grateful you have decided to come along for the journey. Subscribe to stay in the loop on bi-weekly blog posts headed straight to your inbox. Happy April to all!